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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Full-time

The Rochester Grammar School , Rochester

  • Ref:KCC887-5445-97S
  • Posted:27/03/2023
  • Pay:£26,028 - £31,383 per annum
  • Start Date:May 2023
  • App Close Date:16/04/2023 at 23:45
  • Interviews:TBC


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Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)  

Contract: 37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year (term time plus 5 INSET days)


Rochester Grammar School are seeking a Designated Safeguarding Lead to take responsibility for all safeguarding and child protection matters arising at the school, together with supporting other staff in dealing with any child protection concerns that arise. The successful candidate will be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for who they are responsible, and with whom they come into contact. They will also be available for staff to discuss any safeguarding concerns.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children, young people and families, dealing with barriers to education, together with a knowledge and understanding of safeguarding procedures, child protection issues and law and regulations governing the employment of children, and of statutory legislation, guidelines and policies on attendance.  Working knowledge of the school exclusion process and procedures would be desirable.  They will be able to work as part of a team, and openly and collaboratively with multi-agency colleagues, while applying the principles of confidentiality.  Excellent time management skills to enable strict deadlines to be met are a requirement alongside effective analytical skills and problem solving.  

What our Trust will offer you:

  • The opportunity to work with happy and well-behaved children who are excited about learning and work with parents who are supportive of our school values and ethos. 
  • Outstanding CPD tailored to you, wherever you are in your career
  • Reduced membership of a fully-equipped fitness suite and classes – located on the site of New Horizons Children’s Academy and Rochester Grammar School
  • Focus on staff wellbeing, including 24/ Employee Assistance Programme, free flu vaccinations, eye care vouchers. 
  • Generous employer contribution to the Local Government Pension Scheme. 
  • TSTARS Staff Recognition Programme, including seasonal rewards for all staff.   
  • Free parking in our secure staff car park.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • TSTARS Staff Recognition Programme, including seasonal rewards for all staff
  • Refer a Friend incentive scheme


What you need to do now:

If you are interested in joining our team of ambitious and dynamic teachers alongside a supportive network of colleagues across our Trust, and are keen to progress your career then please apply today. 

Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy if a suitable candidate is found.

To arrange an informal conversation about this role please contact Ruth Rivers via email – r.rivers@tsatrust.org.uk

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. As per KCSIE we will also undertake online searches for all shortlisted candidates, if you have any questions regarding this process, please email recruitment@tsatrust.org.uk  


Information about the school

The Rochester Grammar School is the best school in Medway for progress

The Rochester Grammar School staff are dedicated to our ethos of “excellence for all” and we have the highest expectation for all our learners. We are a proud International Baccalaureate World School. Our students study the IB Diploma at Sixth Form and go on to attend outstanding universities.

What I enjoy most about the RGS Sixth Form is the support from the teachers and how passionate they are about their subjects. - Mabel, current Sixth Form student

Rochester Grammar School is a high-performing secondary which is part of the TSA Trust, a family of schools that work together to “improve the life chances”. The school achieved the UNICEF Bronze Rights Respecting School Award in September 2021. RGS is a school where diversity is celebrated as we create a safe and inspiring place for children to learn, where their rights are respected and they are able to develop their talents and abilities to their full potential.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Simon Arnold
  • Address:The Rochester Grammar School, Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3BY
  • Telephone: 0333 360 2120
  • Email: office@rochestergrammar.org.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.